At Busy Bees we promote child centred learning as required within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.A We work to provide an exciting and stimulating environment which means we can embrace each child’s individuality. Research has proven that it’s through play that babies and young children learn, grow and have fun. We encourage the children to explore the various resources which helps them understand the world and to develop socially and emotionally. Singing songs, reading together, playing games with letters and numbers, and having fun with friends gives them a head start and also helps their confidence, so they can handle what life brings them.
A typical day may look like this:
Morning: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm (flexible start times available)
A full range of activities are planned for every day and these include arts and crafts, stories, sand, water, messy play, role play, stories, songs, Maths and language activities, gross motor play, climbing, balancing, riding scooters etc.
The children are given free access to the garden and can come and go as they wish (known as Free flow) throughout the morning. All areas of the EYFS are provided both inside and out.
The Busy Bees Snack Bar is open 9.45-11.15 and the children eat in small groups as they feel hungry. Snack times and lunchtime are a social time at Busy Bees and a time when we can promote good health practices such as hand-washing and encourage independence through activities such as pouring their own drinks etc. Staff facilitate this by encouraging positive behaviour and generally joining in for a chat with the children. Washing up facilities are provided for the children and they love to help by having a go at washing their own plates.
The morning will also usually incorporate a Group Time involving group activities such as stories and songs, language skills, or music and dancing. We also include small group activities such as turn taking games to encourage confidence and social development.
Afternoon: 12.00 pm to -3.00 pm (flexible pick up times available)
Lunch starts at around 12.15 pm where the children all sit to eat their packed lunches together.
A Busy Bees afternoon is very similar in routine to the morning but the activities are rotated so that children staying all day are offered a variety. Free Flow is also available throughout the afternoon.
The Busy Bees Snack Bar is open again from 1.45-2.15 pm
Hometime is at 3.00 pm
We also have a professional French Tutor who visits Busy Bees once a week. The session introduces French using songs and games which are carefully selected for the age and stage of the children.